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Nineteen Eighty-Four A Grim Prediction of the FutureNineteen Eighty-Four was written between the years of 1945 and 1948 Orwell got the title from switching the last two numbers of the publication date In Orwell s criticism of a perfect society his book became known as one of the greatest anti-utopian novels of all time The book s message is so powerful that some say it went so far as to prevent the sinister future from realizing itself Althought the book starts out as the story of a neurotic paranoid man it quickly turns into a protest against a quasi-utopian society and a totalitarian government The book appears to be a satire at the start similar to books such as Gulliver s Travels or Huxley s Brave New World but all too quickly the reader will discover quite unpleasantly that it is not a satire at all Nineteen Eighty-four is not simply a criticism of what Orwell saw happening in his national government with the coming of English Socialism but a warning of the consequences of contemporary governmental practices and what they where threatening to bring about Perhaps the book seems so bleak because the events in the book are a somewhat logical projection from current conditions and historical environment that Orwell observed in 1948 Perhaps people would be more comftorble with the book if they could rule out in their minds the possibility of the profecy becoming a reality In a critique of his own work Orwell called Nineteen Eighty-Four A work of a future terrible sic because it rests on a fiction and can not be substantiated by reality or truth But perhaps this future is realizing itself more than Orwell thought it would Orwell more than likely would have made note of but wouldn t be astonished by the fact that in 1983 the average American household spent over 7 hours in front of the television every night The number is even
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